The 2014 class was made up of ten teams and 35 entrepreneurs. Wellington Digital Accelerator participants were selected from a wide range of applications from all over New Zealand and places as far flung as Ukraine, Vietnam and New York.
This class received the support of more than 50 mentors during the programme, who tirelessly worked to coach, teach and develop them into the promising young ventures we saw pitch on stage during Demo Day. Mentors from 2014 included Suse Reynolds, Steve O’Connor, Amanda Santos, John Holt and Trevor Dickinson.
Teams lived and breathed not just their own startup world each day, but the highs and lows of the entire Lightning Lab cohort. From bouncing ideas off other founders to sleeping in the lab or taking a mental break together over drinks, a new type of family was quickly formed over the three months.